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France Today: Gateway to Mont-St-Michel: All Roads Lead to Pontorson

November 14, 2017

As Gateway to Mont-St-Michel, All Roads Lead to Pontorson, gives you a new slant on a very old town; to provide you some practical information: go-to for dining, accommodations, guides and things to do. There are such advantages to living in France — advantages that give one different perspectives of the culture, the people, the […]

Good Morning, Pontorson!

October 26, 2017

Good Morning, Pontorson! There’s a dynamic in France; people flocking to villages near and far for all things French — cascading florabunda hanging from windows and balconies, quirky pragmatisms that have you look twice, ambiance and glow off a cobblestone walk through a town’s Saturday market — the Old Europa charm France holds and cherishes […]

Updates: Toulouse, Provence & Beyond

October 16, 2017

We have a few updates for your journey into Provence & Beyond, including Toulouse as Day Zero! France has nearly done away with night trains, and that romantic beginning has evaporated. We will meet not in Paris but in Toulouse for our first evening meal, and stay our first night there (‘Day Zero’) before embarking […]

Chestnuts are Falling …

October 4, 2017

It’s that time of year in Normandy … the sheer volume of chestnut trees requires no one begs for them. The French go out with baskets daily to collect their share off the roads, in the fields and towns; wherever the chestnuts fall, you will find folks gathering their stash for the winter and holidays. […]

My Vide Grenier: Antique Cognac, Apricot Brandy Cruchons

September 12, 2017

My Vide Grenier @ Etsy, holds a few new treasures … These two antique cognac and brandy cruchons or jugs, were found together out of the same home here in France. Same vintage, TURN OF LAST CENTURY, the crockery jugs themselves fabricated at PONT DES VERNES (stamped on the bottom) for the purposes of la […]

Chartres Cathedral: Madonna Unveiled – Myths Revealed

September 2, 2017

For the last ten years, the interior of Chartres Cathedral has been under renovation. With every visit, some area within has been cordoned off with scaffolding, while artisans climb ladders to the very top to do the arduous work of peeling back centuries of dirt, smoke, age and ~ come to find ~ myth. It […]

Treasures in the Ariège: Enchanting Mirepoix

August 30, 2017

Wanting to get to the market early, both for cooler temperatures and less people, I arrived and parked 2 walking blocks from the medieval square, rambunctious with color and the quintessential buzz that you only find in a TREASURE of a small town, such as this one at 9 o’clock. Good thing too because by […]

Treasures in the Ariège : The Poppies of Camon

August 25, 2017

I’ve been in this region before, and came back for many reasons, not the least of which is Mirepoix itself. The Ariège is spectacular, with this medieval, vibrant small city, in the coeur of it all. It sends me. So it was only natural I’d make up a list of where to go and what […]

The Standing Stones of Oradour-sur-Glane

August 21, 2017

It will take more than a click or view of these moments captured this week, to awaken to the impact of the unholy cloud of terror that descended upon Oradour-sur-Glane, orchestrated by the will of man, 10 June 1944 … an impact that lives on in infamy, pulsing its beacon of humanity’s capacity for darkness, […]

Journaling from Mirepoix

August 11, 2017

My own personal France itinerary for a week through the south has me sitting in the middle of it all, journaling from Mirepoix … I’ll be heading east from Rennes to Tours, then south, Direction Limoges … overnight stopover in a chambres d’hôtes, so that I can take the time to be ‘captured in non-time’ […]

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